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Scratch Pad: I ran the Great Columbia Crossing
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Scratch Pad: I ran the Great Columbia Crossing

A friend asked me: You’re running the race? Like, running it?

We had bumped into each other less than an hour before we were scheduled to participate in the Great Columbia Crossing last Sunday morning.

Running, she...

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Scratch Pad: Book titles and misleading marketing
Scratch Pad: Book titles and misleading marketing

When you read the title “Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home,” what do you imagine this book is about?

You probably assumed it’s mostly about a dog. Or perhaps you thought...

Scratch Pad: Coast Weekend hiring freelancers
Scratch Pad: Coast Weekend hiring freelancers

Coast Weekend is hiring freelancers to write one to three stories per month and help paint the arts-and-entertainment landscape of the Columbia-Pacific region.

We’re looking for writers who can blend dispassionate reporting with a lively...

A mixed reaction to Willamette Week piece
A mixed reaction to Willamette Week piece

By now, many of you have read the recent Willamette Week story “Astoria is the Best Place in Oregon For A Weekend Bender” by...

Scratch Pad: Artists who live two lives
Scratch Pad: Artists who live two lives

A feature story this week focuses on Arvi Ostrom, an Astoria man who owned and tended a bar in Uniontown while, unbeknown to his loved ones, he drew thousands of striking pictures before his death in 1995 (see Page 6).

Ostrom’s grandson,...

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